A Treatise on the Art of Midwifery. Setting Forth Various Abuses Therein, Especially as to the Practise with Instruments; The Whole Serving to Put a
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1709 edition. Excerpt: ...insignificant opinion on an undecencyso unwarranted by any necessity. That would look too like dictating to others, what they are to think of a practice, bis which every one will doubtless judge fqr himself. The boundaries of female modesty are so well known, and so ascertained by common consent, that surely it little belongs to me to offer new lights upon that subject. What I have then to say, on this head, is purely in justification of that modesty, which the men.midwives are for obvious reasons pleased to call a false one, though so far as it pleads for excluding them, it is an ingratitude to that Nature, of which it is the peculiar gift to the female sex, not to term it even a wife virtue. Society especially stands indebted to Nature for her suggestion of modesty in this point. If in all ages, in all civilized coUncountries, the wife is considered as the peculiar property of a husband, insomuch, that all laws human and divine consecrate if I may use the expression, to him alone, exclusive of all other men, the access to the reserved parts of the wife's body, certainly such a privilege can hardly be thought lightly communicable. And what can be more so than suffering a man, mercenarily or wantonly, or perhaps both, to invade that so sacred property, under the mask of a service, for which he is by Nature so evidently disqualified? While Nature too has made so ampie a provision for this very service, in fitting the women for it, with so much more propriety and safety both to the concern of the public in the Welfare bf population, as Well as to the domestic honor of families, which is not without some danger, at least, from the practice of jnidwifery being in the hands of men. As to this last averment of mine, the truth of it is so...
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